Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:37:37 GMT — Three days later, Sherman-Gate is still going strong. If you don't know who Richard Sherman is, you can stop reading now. If you do, where do you stand about his postgame rant with Erin Andrews after Seattle's win over San Francisco on Sunday? As a reminder, here's what Sherman said moments after causing the game-clinching interception: "I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like (Michael) Crabtree, that's the result you're gonna get! "Don't you ever talk about me! Don't open your mouth about the best, because I'm gonna shut it real quick!" Andrews, the Barbie Doll of sideline reporters, looked like a scared kitten cornered in a dark alley. She quickly dumped the interview and threw it back to the booth and FOX announcer Joe Buck. As Joe's dad would say: "I don't believe what I just saw!" Or: "Go crazy, Richard, go crazy!" So, which side of this deal do you fall on? Was it a moment of passion after a passionate and intense game, a game that clinched Seattle's spot in the Super Bowl? Or did Sherman fall exactly two letters short of class? (Due to FCC regulations, I can't tell you which two letters.) I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below. Please share. My opinion? I'm firmly on the side of two letters short of class. I'm also firmly on the side of Sherman being passionate. Split decision ... how about that for a fence-straddling cop-out? But after interviewing coaches and athletes after games for more than 30 years, you too would grow tired of the same junk that's spewed out, time after time, game after game, year after year. Nearly 100 percent of the time, it's as interesting and informative as cottage cheese. "We're just taking it one game at a time." "That's a great team we just played." "We just want to keep working hard and get better every day." "Blah, blah, blah." These comments are more tiresome than trying to read a 40-page legal dissertation. Or taking the stairs to get to the top of the Empire State Building. I've encountered a few exceptions to this rule, guys like Pete Adkins, Norm Stewart, Ehren Earlywine, Kim English and most recently, Max Copeland. These guys were/are great quotes, anything but the Norm (pun intended), but they always did it with class. It's not so much what Sherman said, it's how he said it. He looked and acted like a crazed dog ... minus the foaming at the mouth. But it certainly wasn't: "Blah, blah, blah." It just wasn't very classy --- especially when he made the choke sign toward the 49ers sideline at the end of the game. Could you imagine Peyton Manning doing the choke sign to the New England sideline Sunday? I can't imagine it, either. Most of the media had no problems with what Sherman said, just how he said it. Outside of the media, well ... Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander said Sherman would get one "high and tight" if he played baseball. Said former Saints and Rams fullback Mike Karney: "Richard Sherman is a classless ignorant punk." That's just two of many examples. Sherman was called a "thug" many, many times. Sherman (who looks a lot like Captain Jack Sparrow) was an A+ honor student in high school and is a graduate of prestigious Stanford with a degree in --- get this --- communications. Is that great, or what? You can't make this stuff up. He writes a column for Sports Illustrated. During a piece earlier this week, he wrote: "It was loud, it was in the moment and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don't want to be a villain, because I'm not a villainous person. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family." As for his community involvement, he's worked as a volunteer at Football Camps for the Stars, which is for athletes with Down Syndrome. Sherman's charity, Blanket Coverage, has raised nearly $100,000 for inner-city schools since it launched nine months ago. Does this bolster your argument or make you soften your stance? Surely, it does one or the other. Wednesday, Sherman held a press conference. This wasn't just broadcast on ESPN, but also on networks like CNN. When this happens, it tells you this is a lot more than a sports story. No crazed dog on this day. He was insightful and, at times, thoughtful. "There was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey," Sherman said, referring to the silly brawl that broke out on the opening face-off of Saturday's game between Vancouver and Calgary. "They just threw the puck aside and started fighting. "I saw that and I'm like, 'Wait, I'm the thug? What's going on here?' So I'm really disappointed in being called a thug." Sherman has a point ... or does he? My answer is yes. And no. What's yours?
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